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AGC San Diego Opens Fall Protection Campus to Highlight "Safety First" HANDS-ON TRAINING VITAL TO SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM BY BRAD BARNUM VICE PRESIDENT GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AGC SAN DIEGO ON JULY 28, 2015, AGC San Diego celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art Fall Protection Training Campus. The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) cites falls as the leading cause of deaths in construction, and AGC built the campus to raise the training bar for contractors, and help ensure workers are better prepared. Injuries and fatalities are unacceptable, and safety must come first. AGC teamed with local members of the Safety Committee and experts from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide the design and introduce the latest equipment and expert instruction. The hands-on training is structured around realistic simulators that enable participants to navigate real-world construction settings in a safe environment, including: a steel tower, pitched roofs, various wall form systems, steel and wood column forms, concrete forms, and multiple rebar cages. The campus also includes confined space simulators, and AGC provides a number of confined space courses as part of the curriculum. "Safety and education are top priorities for AGC and its contractors, and public and private owners appreciate and understand the importance of an effective safety program," says Walt Fegley, 2015 AGC San Diego president and president/COO of Reno Contracting, Inc. "This campus is a significant investment for the safety of the construction industry's most vital asset ... the workforce that builds the region's infrastructure." San Diego County supervisor Ron Roberts, who attended the opening ceremony with more than 30 other elected officials and public agency representatives, says he appreciated the AGC's expanded commitment to the extensive safety precautions undertaken by contractors: @Constr uctor Ma g "As we continue to improve the region's infrastructure, it is imperative we remain focused on protecting the workers who build these projects," says Roberts. With the recent surge in construction, the industry can expect more craft workers on jobsites throughout San Diego County, and many of those workers will be apprentices. "At the end of the day, all I want as an employer is for our people to go home safe to their families and loved ones," says Thomas L. Brown, president of Sierra Pacific West, Inc., chair of AGC's Apprenticeship Trust and chair of AGC of America's Highway and Transportation Work Zone Safety Committee. This campus is a "game changer," says Vince Hundley, AGC's director of safety. "There is no margin for error in the application and use of fall protection equipment. A worker that trains in real life simulations is going to retain much more than those trained in a classroom setting only." Journeymen and apprentices that successfully complete the courses will be given a certificate that recognizes the high level of training that has been completed in fall protection and confined space. AGC's board of directors thanks AGC's Safety Committee for the vision of the Fall Protection Training Campus, the AGC membership for the significant investment and Rocky Coast Builders, Inc., Rossin Steel, Inc., and Casper Company for the construction. Congratulations on a job well done! ◆ NO V E MB E R / D E C E MB E R 2 0 1 5 | 37

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2015

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Play It Safe With BIM
Workforce Shortage Report: Western Region
Taking Off: The Unique Nature of Airport Construction
Pack Your Boots and Don Your Hat
Simonson Says
Shape Up and Ship Out
AGC San Diego Opens Fall Protection Campus
Inside AGC
Beyond Insulation
Member and Chapter News
Technology Toolbox
2015 Software Services Guide
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection

Constructor - November/December 2015